June 15, 2007

We're in a pickle!!!!!

Justice Fergie and blogger world...there must be something in the air here in the D.C. area. I, too, am in a similar situation. My nanny gave me her 2-week notice on Monday and I've been debilitated ever since. This week was a particularly hectic week at work for both myself and DH (grammatical error - who knows?), so it has been hard to even focus on where to start looking for a new nanny.

Here's the story. When our nanny started back in January, DD fell off her bike and hit her head. Of course there was a huge bump and a bruise. It was difficult for me and DH to handle because she had never fallen before and this was her first bruise - the tough part was that she had just spent the first year of her life with me and nothing (except her falling off the bed at seven months) had ever happened. So within the nanny's first month of the with DD we had this incident. Then about 2 or 3 days after, DD fell and scraped her knee.

We accepted that she was at that stage where she had just started to walk and was still quite clumsy and accidents were inevitable. DH always points out however that although accidents happen while she's with us - there have been no bruises or serious injuries.

So, Monday afternoon, DD who was deliriously tired because she is teething and did not nap, jumped off the sofa chasing the kitten and bumped her head on the coffee table. She is bruised a little - nothing too serious. It was a little black and blue, but nothing that a little Iodex couldn't heal. The nanny is absolutely distraught. I believe that she was very remorseful that DD had sustained another injury while she was at home with her. Then she dropped the bomb - she said that she didn't think that she could keep up with DD anymore and was too afraid of another injury occurring and that she wanted to quit - for DD's safety.

I thought she was over-reacting and asked her to think about it. Anyway, 2 days later, I asked her whether she had given her resignation any more thought and she said no. So, I figured what the he!! .... you're really just going to quit!!!!!!!!!!!! What am I supposed to do now?!?!?!?!

The nanny sincerely loves DD and DD loves the nanny very much. I trust the nanny and I believe that she takes good care of DD. DH however believes that we should not beg the nanny to stay because if she believes that she can't keep up with DD then the chances of another injury are high.

So, we're in a pickle right about now. We have one week to find a replacement. One week!!!!! DH wants to explore some daycare centers, but I know that that's not going to work out for us because we both work crazy hours and most daycare centers close at 6 p.m. on.the.dot!!!!

One week....one week. Let's hope that something works out for us. I'll keep you posted on my progress.


Justice Fergie said...

oh no! you know i feel your pain.

on the one hand it's a bit strange that a nanny would quit for fear of injuries but on the other hand, maybe it's good that she recognizes her boundaries and cares about DD enough to go. regardless, you still need to find childcare. now.

if you are still in a pickle by next week, DD is welcome to come to our house until you can figure something out...

Justice Fergie said...

btw - i haven't heard anyone mention Iodex in years!! childhood memories :)

Susan said...

That is a serious pickle. I would start working all your networking connections to see what you can come up with. Maybe a college kid is home for the summer and could fill in temporarily? You definitely want to find the right person. It makes all the difference. Good luck!

Susan at Working Moms Against Guilt

Yolanda said...

Hope it works out quickly for you. I can't even imagine how stressful it would be to go through such a thing, there's got to be a great nanny out there for you somewhere. I have a friend who just had her nanny leave too- maybe its something with this time of year?

Justice Jones said...

keep hope alive! I'm sure it will work out for you.

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